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Saturday, December 28, 2013

Announcement: New Page

Hello everyone!
Part of my end of the year desires include finishing off a few things started.
In the case of my blog, today it is the New Page titled October 2013 that I started back in...you guessed it...October!
Some words and many photos represent a month's worth of mindful moments.

Check it out if you like :)

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Journey On

It's Christmas Night here.  It's not a holiday I really celebrate, anymore.  When I was married...when my children were young...when my parents were here...
things were celebrated differently back then.
Currently, a movie and Chinese food worked just fine for the two of us.

I've had these photos to share since September.
That was the month I was so sick and so I never got to them.
I thought about just letting them go, as they are really only important to me.

Do I need to post all of these personal stories?
I don't know.

But, I thought since I am now into the end of the year reflection, as I'm prone to do...
well, I thought they'd be a good representation of my feelings as I close out the year of 2013.

They are a good metaphor for letting go or for saying good-bye 
or for life's losses...and gains.

They symbolize memories and gratitude and community and giving.

And they speak of stuff.  Material possessions.


This childhood Thumbelina doll joined a few other favorite items 
and journeyed off to a new home this year.

I loved her as only a young child can.
Now she has a new lifetime of adventures waiting for her in the arms 
of a precious two year old.

I have spent a lot of time letting go of personal belongings this year.
Things that had no meaning to me, no ties to my heartstrings were sold or donated.

But the most special items were gifted to dear ones.
Thumbelina wears her jamies from the 1960's and the sweet scent of my cedar chest that she has resided in for years.

She climbed into a box with the beautiful white quilt I've shared with you all before, a couple of favorite books, another doll and
beloved corduroy overalls that my daughter once wore.

Sent with love to a sweet mama, whom I've known since she was 7 years old.
With a photo session, hugs and a kiss she was sent on her way.






I lost loved ones this year.  A couple of favorite elders.
I celebrated them and honored them.
I miss them.

I bore witness to others' losses, which through my empathetic heart...
touched me deeply.
I embraced life, both the losses and the gains.
I welcomed new lives.
Rejoiced in them and look forward to more new arrivals!
And I worked to keep my focus in the here and now.
In the present.
Enjoying those I am with...when I am with them.
Celebrating them.  Honoring them.
Embracing them.


This guy also moved out.
Piglet who joined me in approximately 1977 found a new home 
with some other Disney buddies.

He also took his sweet cedar smell and journeyed on.





With a last hug and a pose for the camera, 
Piglet will now reside where many more can appreciate him.







In the sense of material possessions,
it feels very good to have all of these items find new homes 
where they can be loved, appreciated, shared and get a new lease on life.

At least that is the spirit in which they were given.

Now I look forward to a new year.
New plans.
New ideas.
New intentions.

In this last week of the year, I'll be taking time to reflect and cherish.
I'll be joining you all as we embrace just going into 2014.
 ~With Love, Nancy



Photos by NAE @pomegranatetrail ©2013





Saturday, December 21, 2013

Seeing Stars, Winter Solstice and One Heart

Everywhere I looked this week, I saw stars.
Tonight on this Winter Solstice, continuing with December's 
"wishes and stars"...
I wish you all much light and love and a basket full of wishes upon a star to come true!

Now, for a few of those stars...

I found this paper-thin dried tomato out in the back forty.
I love the lacy look and the fact that there are tiny seeds inside, which make a great soft rattle when I shake the tomato.

*As always click on photos to enlarge*






When I turned it over...a star!




Driving to work last week...wait...what's that?


Do you see it?
Not easy at 45MPH!




Yep. another star!

A few days later...




Hey, more stars...bright red ones!


Upon stopping to make a photo of them I notice more!

A pretty tacky star...a flower star, 
both of which actually looked pretty cool when lit up on my dark drive home.



There were so many holiday light stars on the way home last night.
Everywhere I looked, I saw another one!

Yesterday, a co-worker wore a star shirt she created on a whim.
Evidently her shirt was stained, so she took a marker and 
colored a huge star on it to cover up the stain and then added a few
smaller stars as well!




Last star in this week of stargazing was noticed right next to me 
on the end table next to my side of the couch...
a star from my dear Michelle in NYC.




I wonder where I'll find stars next week?!!

May you look to the stars and dream.
May your heart hold much love and peace through this Solstice Season.
~Nancy



Photos by NAE @pomegranatetrail ©2013

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Daylight Stars

All last week, while commuting along this stretch of road...
I thought sometimes stars look like shiny bits of road finds.
Gifts really in the eyes of this unknown artist.

Really this whole 'star' thing can look like a metaphor for so many things.

When I see these old hubcaps, rescued from the roadsides and carefully, artfully fastened to the chain-link fence, I think about how they've fallen and risen and currently reside on a dry road along side a very busy highway...
and yet they still shine.

Like us.





Photos by NAE @pomegranatetrail ©2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Stitching Growth, Saying Good-bye and Thanks and Continuing

Today I stitched 'growth' on the cloth.
It came to me that this was a good time for some of that.
End of the year, beginning of the new year.
End of my beloved class with Jude Hill, at least for now.
But, maybe forever.

So, then, Growth it is.
As the old quote states:
"There are two things you give your children, 
one is roots and the other is wings".

Today, that was the thought...
that Jude has given us all such a great foundation to go off and create with.

However, more than techniques, tips and stitches,
she has given us inspiration, community and 
the ability to throw open the doors and windows and see the world with
an expanded vision.


We have gained friendships, memories and insights
from Jude and from one another.
Our lives have been enriched beyond description.

We have been silly, serious and sad.
We have shared life's joys and sorrows.

Many have lost loved ones, both two and four legged,  in their personal circles and
we all lost one in our large tribe in the world of Spirit Cloth, Dear Herm.

 We have embraced one another in these tender moments.

We have embraced one another in the moments of joy 
as new lives were welcomed, both human and goat!
Or chuckled when conversations turned ridiculous in wine filled wee hours.

We have shared stitching and stories.
We have shared ourselves.

We have learned.
We have grown.

Our lives are better for having traveled this way together.
We will continue 'just going'.


My deepest heartfelt thanks to Jude for her generosity in sharing  herself and for creating this amazing community.
To all of the clothmates I've met along the way, 
each one of you has been a blessing in my life.
I am grateful.
I couldn't wish for any more than this.



Photos by NAE @pomegranatetrail ©2013

Monday, December 9, 2013

For Peggy - Daytime Moons

While over at Peggy's a few minutes ago...I read about her idea of 'cloud cloth' and this gem popped into my head.

I recieved this gorgeous silk 'scarf' in the Hanukkah gift exchange on Thanksgiving.

Isn't it beautiful?
Doesn't it look rather cloud like?

It was dyed and the hem stitched by my aunt's friend.  
I've been contemplating what to do with/to it?

I know I'll never wear it as a scarf.  Not my style.
I thought of altering it somehow...but can't think of how!

I feel like doing it any justice is way out of my league skill and idea wise.
What I'd like to do is send it off to Dear Peggy to let her work her magic!



Look at all of those daytime moons!!





Gorgeous!




Wispy :)




I have NO IDEA how this became 'animated'!!!
But isn't it super cool?



Flying high!


Shine on!




Splendid

I'd love to share just a sprinkling of the goodness that my friend Peggy sent to me recently.
I do not have the time to do this gift from her justice either.
But, it is deeply appreciated and treasured.





Thank you Peggy...Thank You!



Photos by NAE @pomegranatetrail ©2013

Friday, December 6, 2013

Falling Stars

More stars on the cloth
More than I originally planed
Sometimes that's how it goes

Then one fell from the sky
This inspired thought of the passing of Nelson Mandela

Which led to more falling stars
And more reflecting



When recalling this loss
...or those lost

I wish...
May we all live with such courage, grace and foresight.
May we all live with our humanity intact




May we all hold our own light and that of others
in very gentle hands



Photos by NAE @pomegranatetrail ©2013

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Stitched Star

I added a few stitched stars to the cloth I'm currently working on.
This cloth is definitely a slow cloth.
I've been working on it since last Spring.

And while this one photographed star may look like a small deal...
to me it's a big deal because it feels so right.
Simple stars landing on this gorgeous richly colored fabric.

I love it!
The whole cloth is really growing on me.





There will be a sprinkling of stars along this strip of dark blue night.
Perfect for wishing on.


Photos by NAE @pomegranatetrail ©2013

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Stars & Wishes






Over at Diaries, December is a time of Stars and Wishes.
So of course, in just the last couple of days, I've gotten an email with 
"starcatchers" in the title and heard an advertisement on the radio for a play
And it's only December 3rd!

Visually, everything is coming up stars and wishes too!




Can't wait to see where the rest of the month takes me!

I did a bit of star drawing and pondering and planning.
Star stitching will come soon enough :)


What have you been up to?


Photos by NAE @pomegranatetrail ©2013

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Tonight

No new photos
Not many words



Photos by NAE @pomegranatetrail ©2011


I had some ideas of what I wanted to say here tonight
But my computer is not behaving and I can't load pictures
and I keep having this song running through my head

Motherless Child...
Childless Mother...

My post was going to be about letting go.
Yes, again.
Yes, letting go of even more

And gifts...it was going to be about gifts too.
This is a good season for that.

It seems to be what I need right now, letting go...
giving and/or receiving gifts

OK, well, I'll get to that post as soon as I can

I hope this season is treating you all well.

Warmly, Nancy



Sunday, November 24, 2013

Sunday Hike on Saturday

This week the Sunday hike was on Saturday.
This week it was not super close to home.
A day trip away.

This weekend I was on the coast.
I went to visit a very dear old friend.
These visits always last for hours and hours.
They include a walks, meals, gifts, visits with other friends and former students.
They include laughter and sometimes a few tears.
We share news of the day, memories of our shared past, inspiring ideas and life worries.
We share stories.
We share ourselves.

I treasure these days.
I am extremely grateful for these visits and for this friend.
This is where we go to walk...
 The beautiful Pacific Ocean...can you smell the salt air?

Open Spaces...love that big blue, cloud holding sky!

 Can you see all of those Butterflies?
Click on photos to enlarge.

Even though it was mid-day, most of the butterflies were clustered together for warmth.
The population is very low this year, only about 1500, instead of thousands.


The only thing they eat is milkweed.  These are West Coast Monarchs.  They can travel up to 2000 miles in a season.  They will stay at this location until about February.  They come for the location, not the Eucalyptus trees.  I never knew this!  I also learned this year that the females will mate with many different males and can do so for up to 14 hours at a time!  Wow!
 Click to enlarge photos to learn more

 There was a great Volunteer Docent there teaching all of us so much.  She shared facts and both eggs and a caterpillar perched on the milkweed.  She made the learning fun and accessible.

I loved seeing this group of tween girls completely engaged.  They asked and tried to answer questions.  They listened attentively, as did their parents.  Two even wanted to hold the stripey caterpillar!

This is learning at its best!
 In the gentle hands of a child

 Looking up at the grove from a lower elevation.

 Bridge across a currently dry creek bed

The trail as we head back out


 Dirt trails crisscross the bluffs

 Light dances on the surrounding mountains

A charming neighborhood gate.


 Heading home, I try to capture the amazing moon.
This is what I get!


Thank you for coming along (again).  
You all may never truly know how very grateful I am for my online community.
You'll just have to take my word for it!
Whether or not you celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, I hope you'll pause for a moment during the following week to feel the gratitude I feel & share with all of you...
and maybe share some of your own.
~Nancy




Photos by NAE @pomegranatetrail ©2013


You can also see this grove of Monarchs here (includes informational links).